Special Issue "Mycotoxins and Related Fungi in Crops"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: mycotoxins; fungal characterization; ecological factors; fungal interactions with the environment, plant and other microorganisms
Nowadays, mycotoxins in crops probably represent the greatest threat to food safety worldwide. Together with the more famous fumonisins, aflatoxins, and ochratoxins, new mycotoxins such as sterigmatocystin, enniatins, beauvericin, and moniliformin have recently been found in different crops, often simultaneously, and thus increase the need to better define mycotoxin-producing species and to increase knowledge on plant–fungi interactions and the possible role of environmental factors in their development.
This Special Issue will focus on different aspects of the plant–pathogen–environment triangle. Monitoring and identification of mycotoxin-producing species in different crops, as well as signaling of new mycotoxigenic species, represents the first essential step in understanding the role of different factors involved in pathogenesis. In particular, both in vitro experiments and in-field trials conducted to investigate specific fungal ecological needs could greatly assist in the understanding of fungal behavior, also taking into account the possibility that more than one mycotoxin-producing species could be present on the same crop at the same time, creating interactions that have so far been little investigated for their ability to influence mycotoxin production. A possible defensive role of plant constituents against fungal contamination and their influence on mycotoxin production needs to be investigated, as well as the mitigation effect of different agronomic practices.
Climate, and in particular, climate change, can have great influence on both plant wellness and fungal development, and meteorological data have to be considered together with single or multi fungal dynamics, both in vitro and in vivo, to develop or improve predictive models and obtain a reliable tool for mycotoxin containment in field. Moreover, the quantification of fungal population and mycotoxins during the post-harvest period, including the possible role of post-harvest management of crops, could provide important information to assess mycotoxin risk.
Dr. Paola Giorni
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- mycotoxins producing fungi
- fungal ecology
- fungal co-presence
- presence of multi-mycotoxins
- predictive models
- plant constituents
- agronomic practices